VTG - The Beginning, Virgen, 2016, La Pintada, Antioquia
Limited Edition, 2 sizes:
16 x 24, 1-10 of 10
31 x 47, 1-10 of 10
High-Definition Print on Metal
We have taken artistic license in displaying this work as a postcard for our Postcards from Around the World online exhibition. Please refer to the other images for actual viewing of the piece.
Artist Milena Arango started the VTG (Vestigium Tectona Grandis) project 4 years ago in Colombia, her native country and brought it to the US last year. It is a 60 meter long piece of cloth made of the natural pigment of a Teak tree, the Tectona Grandis (scientific name). It represents her umbilical cord to her mother and to earth. In this installation of VTG from La Pintada, Antioquia, Colombia, Arango uses a technique that she learned in 2014 at an artist residency in India. Interpreted one way, the pure whiteness of the VTG cloth, almost like the veil of a bride or the aisle at a wedding, symbolically represents the artist marrying herself to the earth. Although this photograph was taken in 2016, various VTG installations have been transformed and exhibited in universities and galleries across the West Coast.